Miriam Grace A. Go



After decades of pounding the beat and later doing investigative work, Miss Go thought in late 2010 that doing journalism part-time would be possible. She traded managing grant projects at Newsbreak for freelance work. Until the next elections came.

She helped direct #PHvote, Rappler’s coverage of the 2013 polls, as consultant, before she came on board as news editor.

Miss Go is co-author of the books Ambition, Destiny, Victory: Stories From A Presidential Election (with Chay Hofileña), How to Win An Election: Lessons From the Experts (with Booma Cruz), and Investigating Local Governments (with several); and is anthologized in Unholy Nation: Stories From A Gambling Republic.

She covered the US presidential election in 2008 as a Jefferson Fellow of the East-West Center in Hawaii, learned of local government innovations in Canada as a Marshall McLuhan Fellow, and observed Thailand's election system as a Southeast Asian Press Alliance Fellow.

In 2008, the UP College of Mass Communication recognized her as an outstanding alumna for her contributions in the field of investigative journalism. In 2017, she received the Glory Medal of Distinction from UP-CMC Alumni Association.

Most of the awards she has received are for reports on local governance, political parties, and campaigns and elections. She dreams, though, of hitting the road like Charles Kuralt, or "[writing] about things from my heart" like Rick Bragg, or taking up again her college job of writing greeting cards.

She is, however, getting increasingly interested in policy research on local governance issues.

She remains a fulltime journalist – who tries to cook Italian and Japanese.

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Jun 2020
RAPPLER NEWSLETTERS 05:00pm, Jun 23, 2020
Reporting after the cyber libel verdict

(This newsletter was emailed to Rappler subscribers on June 22, 2020) I could have alternatively titled this piece, “The Rappler Courage List.” Here’s why. In a verdict condemned by local ...

PHILIPPINES 11:53am, Jun 12, 2020
No to anti-terror bill? DILG employees ‘advised’ against posting on social media

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is discouraging its employees, including contractuals, from posting on social media about their opposition to the ...

PHILIPPINES 07:02am, Jun 12, 2020
Independence Day 2020: Gov’t rites, freedom protests in the time of physical distancing

MANILA, Philippines – The customary crowds when the Philippines commemorates the declaration of its independence from colonial rule are first to go in the time of the coronavirus pandemic. Whether ...

RAPPLER NEWSLETTERS 08:00am, Jun 02, 2020
Coronavirus Updates: Metro Manila, Cebu City relax restrictions

(This newsletter was emailed to Rappler subscribers on June 1, 2020) In our internal editorial outlook for the week, we label Monday, June 1, as “The Hunger Games: NCR, Cavite, and Cebu City ...

May 2020
BLOG 09:01am, May 24, 2020
Avatar robots at graduation? Japan pioneered them

Filipinos were thrilled on Friday, May 22, to watch (online, of course) the ceremony at a public high school in Taguig City, where robots dressed in toga represented graduates who were prevented ...

BLOG 09:05am, May 17, 2020
Perfectly OK to stay home, says One OK Rock

Late morning of Saturday, May 16, my social media feed began filling with these: photos of congested streets, reopened commercial centers teeming with customers, and warning about the certainty of a ...

RAPPLER NEWSLETTERS 09:00am, May 15, 2020
Coronavirus Updates: Our lives starting May 16

We in Metro Manila and Luzon are on our 9th week in lockdown – the same length of time that Italy was on lockdown (the longest in Europe) before it eased up restrictions. At the start of the week, I ...

Apr 2020
RAPPLER NEWSLETTERS 09:00am, Apr 30, 2020
Coronavirus Updates: Don’t let police abuse become normal

(This newsletter was emailed to Rappler subscribers on April 29, 2020.) In its response to the novel coronavirus crisis, the Philippines has made it to a global list. It is among the 15 countries in ...

BLOG 05:10pm, Apr 12, 2020
Shinzo Abe joins ‘Dancing on the Inside’ bandwagon

“We’ll cross paths in our own spaces…. Let’s link hands through all the songs we sing. Let’s live and see each other again.” This is how a few lines from the latest hit song in Japan roughly ...

Mar 2020
RAPPLER NEWSLETTERS 09:00am, Mar 29, 2020
Coronavirus Updates: While our doctors are dying

(This newsletter was emailed to Rappler subscribers on March 28, 2020.) There have been 9 of them – at least those whom hospitals, associations, and relatives have announced – and we face each day ...